Time to Apply to our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict

2 May 2022

Applications for the upcoming academic year of our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict are open.

They will run until 30 June 2022 – meaning that interested candidates have two months to apply – with courses starting at the end of September 2022.

For Professionals in the Field or in Geneva

Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in the law of armed conflict offered today.

Designed for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities, it provides them with a solid legal background to address the multiple challenges that arise in humanitarian emergencies, human rights negotiations or criminal proceedings.

Professionals can follow the programme online or in Geneva. For those online, an easy and interactive platform allows participants to interact directly with professors and other students during classes and access all the courses’ materials and readings. All the exams take place online.

‘To be honest, this programme exceeded my expectations in numerous ways. It provides me with the comprehensive and detailed education I was aspiring to receive, and it teaches me critical thinking when using international law instruments to analyse events related to conflict on a practical level.’

Chantal Touma, Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Legal Department in Damascus.

The Programme

Courses cover international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law and the interplay between them, providing solid theoretical and practical knowledge of the law that applies to armed conflicts. They also address current issues and challenges, including the repression of terrorism, the responsibility to protect and international refugee law.

One output of the Executive Master is a master’s paper written under the guidance of a faculty member. It allows participants to investigate a subject of special interest and deepen their knowledge and expertise through research as well as potential exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners.

‘This master’s programme is uniquely designed to make it easy – even for those like me who do not have a law background – to grasp its content. The programme surpassed my expectations, sharpened my knowledge and turned me into an international humanitarian law (IHL) teacher at my workplace.’

Collins Odhiambo, Captain in the Kenyan Air Force

An Intimate Learning Environment

Leading academics and experts teach in this programme. The small and intimate learning environment allows for interactive exchanges with professors and among participants who bring diverse experiences and expertise in class.

‘I deeply enjoyed listening to the lectures, reading all the materials and pursuing my personal research interests. Writing my thesis on siege warfare from a human rights perspective was a wonderfully stimulating experience. So yes, the richness of the curriculum and excellence of the professors and teaching assistants, who were genuinely interested to interact, did meet the expectations that the reputation of the Geneva Academy creates.’

Christian Durisch, Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Burkina Faso.

Moving One’s Career Forward

By providing the necessary tools to apply the international legal framework in complex contemporary conflicts, our Executive Master forms high-level professionals who want to acquire additional responsibilities or move their careers forward.

‘The programme gave me the legal theoretical knowledge that allowed me to perform better as a diplomat at different multilateral fora dealing with human rights and IHL. It opened the possibility of reaching positions in the future that require strong legal specialization.’

Diego Ruiz, Mexican Diplomat in charge of human rights issues at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva

Duration and Key Milestones

Courses take place for nine months (end of September to the beginning of June) from Wednesdays to Fridays at lunchtime (12:00 –14:00 CET). When participants cannot follow a course for professional reasons (e.g. missions, travel, conferences), they can watch the recordings afterwards.

Exams take place online at the end of classes in June, with retakes in August. After the exams in June, participants have six months to submit their master’s paper (i.e. by December).

Admission

A Three-Steps Online Application Process

You can apply online in three steps:

  • Complete the application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Submit your application

Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!

For Questions

If you still have questions, our FAQ addresses the main questions related to our Executive Master, the programme and the admission procedure.

You can also contact our colleague Ana Kilibarda from our Student Office who will respond to your questions and queries about the programme (masters-inquiries@geneva-academy.ch).

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